but the government will never let me have what I need
You place a Nuclear ion prpulsion engine (e*** atoms expand and they are
You install this into an Air plane and fly as High as you can at what would
likely be about 10% power then you bump it to 20% and orbit yourself out of
the atmosphere as you go faster your orbit will become higher etc...
or for a kick in the pants you get as High as you can flying Pitch the nose
up and kick the throttle WHAT a ride
all this is VERY feasable and PRACTICAL FAR more effecient than Checmical
engines etc... BUT the fear of nuclear material and radiation etc.. killed
it it was call I think Project Nova in the 60's ??
Ohe and you wont need any heavy reentry sheilding either
A Ship does NOT burn up reentering the atmosphere and hitting the air it
burns up because it is slamming into that air at 17,000 miles per hour
but with a nuclear engine I could turn tail to the planet and Lower myself
into the atmosphere at ANY speed I wanted for I would have PLENTY of fuel to
do it etc...
PS and Trips to other stars or anything practical beyond mars will require 1
of 3 things
Nuclear engines (only good for local system and maybe some nearby stars at a
Something Else that we dont have yet
Suspended animation so the people survive the trip
Also another note a way to counter forces of acceleration would help to :-)
- If you staggered the layers of motors you could make it look
like the old 1930's Flash Gordon Spacecar.
> Seriously though, it's an interesting 'thought-project' and I hope hope
> that all respondents will gain pleasure from the challenge: I know I'm
> getting and will get a 'buzz' from it!
> I'm looking forward to receiving some pretty interesting replies, so happy
> Best Regards,
There is no one answer.... How many stages do you want? Air or surface
launch? Where are you landing (read: re-entry data)? Where are you going
to launch from (Yes, it can matter)? Is the plan to go into production or
is this just a one time deal? And most importantly, what's your budget?
: Therefore it will need to accelerate without giving the person 'G' that
: will make them loose consciousness.
: I don't want much do I?
Not at all. All it takes is money.
The short answer (IMHO)? Skip the solid rocket, go buy a Scud B/C and put
a new payload on it. Should do the trick at a bargin price. All you need
to do is develop the payload.
Propulsion Performance Office (Code 4732H0D)
Naval Air Warfare Center - Weapons Division
China Lake, CA 93555
> If this is only a thought-project, I'd try the easy way and see if it
> would work: (1) Download and install WinRasp, (2) Play around adding
> F12J's or O motors until you get the response you want, (3) Pitch the
> thought problem over the fence to the engineering department and let
> them figure out the rest...
Jerry Irvine, Box 1242, Claremont, California USA